Joseph McCormick

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‘Lost Continent’ Hidden Underneath New Zealand?

A group of researchers argues that the submerged landmass underneath New Zealand qualifies as a continent. But not everyone’s convinced.<p>If a group of Australian and New Zealander researchers have their way, the seven longtime continents will soon be joined by an eighth: a vast, submerged land three …

Earth Science

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How to Paint Clouds in Watercolor

In John’s plein air watercolor painting, <b>Sunset, Isle of Palms</b>, he over-saturated the paper to get the effects he wanted before the paint and surface …

Haze from Indonesian fires may have killed more than 100,000 people – study

A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the “killer haze”.<p>Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities in the US estimated there were more than 90,000 early …

Asia

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, extensive DNA study confirms

The first extensive study of Indigenous Australians' DNA dates their origin to more than 50,000 years ago, backing the claim that they are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth.<p>Scientists used the genetic traces of the mysterious early humans that are left in the DNA of modern …

Anthropology

Catastrophic Declines in Earth’s Wilderness Areas Over the Last 20 Years, Study Finds

Changing Planet<p><b>Only 23 Percent of Wilderness Remains</b><p>Researchers reporting in the journal <i>Current Biology</i> show catastrophic declines in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said today.<p>“They demonstrate alarming losses comprising a tenth of …

Outdoors

The secret libraries of history

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.<p>Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, …

Archaeology

Young Micronesians Explore Nan Madol: A New UNESCO World Heritage Site Located In Their Backyard.

Wildlife<p>Last month, UNESCO officially announced 21 new additions to the World Heritage Sites list. One of these — located on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei — is the ruins of Nan Madol. Once an ancient city and capital of the Saudeleur Dynasty, Nan Madol is comprised of giant megalithic …

Micronesia

These Surreal Ancient Alchemy Manuscripts Are Terrifyingly Cool

Behold, the weird and wonderful world of alchemy.<p>Elixirs of immortality, transmutation, and the philosopher's stone. Today, the most famed pursuits of ancient alchemy are seen as mythological quests, and it's easy to forget that "black magic" once paved the way for modern science.<p>Alchemy, or the …

Antipodes Island One Step Closer

Wildlife<p>Antipodes Island is one step closer to being mouse-free after the first bait-drop across the entire island was completed in record time. Department of Conservation staff arrived on the island on 27th May and the first drop was completed by 29th June. This is fantastic for an island at the …

Australasia

Exploring Beauty: Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

John Ruskin once wrote: ‘it is not possible to find a landscape, which, if painted precisely as it is, will not make an impressive picture’. …

An Archaeology Summer Reading List

Human Journey<p>Summer, for me, means the thrill of archaeological digs. Plus, archaeological reading. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Parcak)<p>It’s summertime, which means: summer reading. Specifically, summer reading that sends me to far off places, and lets me daydream of being out on a dig.<p>Below, five …

Archaeology

The tribe standing up to illegal Amazon loggers in Brazil

Brazil last year registered more killings of land and environmental defenders than in any previous year.<p>Indigenous tribes are often on the front line, confronting illegal loggers and miners who want their share of the Amazon's resources.<p>The Ka'apor tribe in the Brazilian State of Maranhao has paid …

Brazil

Deadliest year ever for environmental activism

Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies - often by force. That's driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more …

King Tut's dagger was 'made from a meteorite'

<b>(CNN) —</b> New research shows that an iron dagger buried with King Tutankhamun was made from a meteorite.<p>It even suggests the Egyptians knew what they were working with.<p>Archaeologists and historians have been fascinated by King Tut's mummified remains and the mysterious objects found in his tomb since …

Archaeology

Yuko Nagayama 永山裕子, 1963 ~ Symbolic Watercolor painter

Japanese artist Nagayama Yuka 永山裕子 was born in Tokyo. In 1985 graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a premium, and in …

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

Go ahead, give your inner artist some space to grow.<p>"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached," artist Irwin Greenberg said.<p>OK, but what if you're not an artist? Or, at least, not yet. Can you still gain something from incorporating a sketchbook into your …

Pablo Picasso

Journey Into Te Bangabanga: The Sacred Caves of Banaba Island

Wildlife<p>The morning was still dark when the young men arrived with their machetes and flashlights. We were on one of the most remote islands in the world, about to venture into an underground network of sacred caves known as <i>te bangabanga.</i><p>The land below the surface of Banaba, a Pacific island nearly …

Sea Level

Beyond the beach: Bulgaria’s hidden treasures

Mountains, monasteries and markets… there’s much more to Bulgaria than a cheap beach break, says Kate Eshelby<p>I’m laden with juicy fat cherries, freshly plucked from the tree. The sun shines and we’re picnicking among spangles of wild flowers and long grasses. A track steers back to the wood-beamed …

European Travel

Violence, death threats confront latest winner of prestigious environmental prize

Máxima Acuña fought a proposed gold mine on her farm. For that, she went to jail, had her house knocked down, her potato crop destroyed and faces death threats. But her bravery and determination have also earned her the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America.<p>The Goldman …

10,000 Stacked Photos Create Insanely Detailed Insect Portraits

Photographer Levon Biss magnifies tiny insects into hugely detailed and stunning prints for new exhibition 'Microsculptures.'<p><i>Levon Biss. Orchid cuckoo bee. Image courtesy of Levon Biss</i><p>British photographer Levon Biss' macrophotography turns 10mm insects into massive 10' prints in new exhibition,</i> …

Nature Photography

Indigenous Amazonians Reeling From Oil Spills in the Jungle

Changing Planet<p>Local farmers display the contamination of a plantain tree resulting from the recent Amazonian oil spills. Photo by Rodrigo Lazo<p>When I learned that crude oil had started pouring into major tributaries of the Amazon River, it was as if my entire world had been shaken.<p>After three years …

Pollution

Why Aren’t There More Scientists? A One-Word Explanation

“The type of science that I do is sometimes known as ‘curiosity-driven research,’” writes Hope Jahren, who teaches paleobiology at the University of Hawai‘i. “This means that my work will never result in a marketable product, a useful machine, a prescribable pill, a formidable weapon, or any direct …

National Science Foundation

Twisted Proteins May Give Plants A Memory

If this is in fact a prion, it would be the first ever found in a plant<p>Prions--misfolded and infectious proteins--have long been associated with neurological conditions in humans and animals, such as mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which in turn has been linked to Alzheimer’s.<p>These harmful …

Protein

Gelada monkeys know their linguistic math

The grunts, moans and wobbles of gelada monkeys, a chatty species residing in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, observe a universal mathematical …

A rare language offers clues about how we understand our world

If you were to walk into your home or your office right now, which way would be uphill?<p>It might seem like an odd question since the most of the …

Language

The return of eugenics

Researchers don’t like the word – but they're running ahead with the idea, and Britain is at the forefront<p>The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who …

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

Photographer Beth Moon traveled the world in search of centuries-old trees.<p>Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) …

Nature

The empire the world forgot

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.<p><b>An abandoned city of ghosts</b><br>Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani …

Archaeology

A remote Amazonian tribe could fundamentally change our understanding of language

Deep in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, linguists are trying unravel the structure of a tribal language that might be radically different than any …

Linguistics